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Terrific read.



I'd love to see more such articles on different ways to enjoy our bikes. I'm sure there's plenty of goings on that most of us have never heard of.



Well done MO.
 

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Great JOB!

Great job guys!

This is why I keep coming back to you guys day after day and renewing my subsciption year after year.

I throughly enjoyed a look at motorcycling I had never even thought about.

Keep up the great work!!
 

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Yes, nice job. This is a unique article that you wouldn't find anywhere else. I love Fred Rau's writing in Motorcycle Consumer News, and I hope he keeps producing articles for MO.
 

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Great View!!!

I was asked to assist in a big international biathlon via a friend who was then a bike mounted highway patrol copper.

Male and female participants wearing Speedo bottoms and numbered race bib tops had a staggered start and swam across Sydney Harbour to the Sydney Opera House, mounted their bikes and pedalled multiple laps around Mrs Macquarie's Chair (a point across from the Opera House) You can't get a much better view of things that that - or so I thought.

I was quite enjoying the close up view of the cute bikini-clad rear ends as they pumped up and down on those little bicycle seats.

In a break I commented on this to my marshall/pillion. He said it would be even better when the girls started.
 

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After I read this article, I watched OLNs coverage of the Tour last night. I focused on the motorcycle escorts. Man those guys were good. With the exception of the guy/idiot with the Columbian flag running infront of Lance they cleared a good path. Lance is detroying the competition on the mountain legs.... I encourage everyone who is interested in history to watch OLN coverage. We won't see another athelete like Lance in our lifetime...
 

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I have noticed quite a number of DL1000 V-stroms this year.



How would you like to ride 60MPH down a tight mountain road in the rain, sitting backwards with a camera?

You would have to give me the yellow jersey, the champagne and the podium girls to rope me into that job.
 

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The horrors of bicycle race support don't even begin there! How would you like to be a podium girl and have to stand next to and kiss -- twice, nonetheless! once per side on some gaunt, boney face -- some salty sweaty guy that's been riding for five hours! Ack!



Not to mention those guys look like refugees that need to gain about 50 pounds so you like like a huge cow standing next to them in front of like 800 billion TV viewers worldwide.



--Ashley
 

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I'm an avid bicyclist but what those guys in the tour do is beyond belief. The sevice provided by the motorcycle escorts is unreal. I watched yesterday as a fan refused to leave the roadway and the motorcycle crew slowly but surely ran right over him. He looked no worse for wear and the big rig just sort of lean over to the right. They all got back up without further incident. The fans are nuts but that's part of what makes the tour the tour. With the British Open at St. Andrews this year it sure would have been a great week to be "over there".
 

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I have already seen another athelete like Lance in my lifetime. Better than Lance in many opinions. His lifetime race record looks like this:



5 times Tour de France winner (1969-72, 1974) and 35 stage wins. Wore yellow jersey for a record 96 days.



5 times Giro d'Italia winner (1968, 1970, 1972-74) and 25 stage wins.



Vuelta a Espana winner (1973)



World Champion (1967,1971,1974)



Hour record (49.431 km, 1972-84)



3 times Paris-Nice winner (1969-71)



Tour of Switzerland (1974)



7 times Milan-San Remo winner (1966-67, 1969, 1971-72, 1975-76)



Tour of Flanders (1969,1975)



Paris-Roubaix (1968, 1970, 1973)



Liege-Bastogne-Liege (1969, 1971-73, 1975)



Amstel Gold Race (1973,1975)



Tour of Lombardy (1971-72)



Het Volk (1971,1973)



Ghent-Wevelgem (1967, 1969-70, 1973)



Fleche-Wallonne (1967, 1970, 1972, 1975)



Paris-Brussels (1973)



Henninger Turm (1971)



Grand Prix des Nations (1973)





This man was the best. You can figure out his name.
 

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I thought the cameraman really stuck the landing on the dismount in that "crash"



I've tried to imagine riding race escort in the tour, but I'm probably closer to being able to ride (pedal) in the race itself.
 
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